What? Windows 8 might run Windows Phone 7 apps too

My oh my, Windows 8 is looking to be one multi-faceted operating system. It'll be a tablet OS, a desktop OS, might run Xbox 360 games and now talk of it running Windows Phone 7 apps? Unreal.

There's been ideas floating around that Microsoft might ditch Windows to create a super OS. We like that idea, but we've also said that Windows is a powerful brand. Leaving the brand behind would be a huge misstep.

If the latest chatter from Nvidia's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is any verification, Windows 8 might just be the start of that super OS, albeit it will still be called Windows.

Speaking with CNET, Huang talked about the importance of mobile processors and applications.

"If you don't have a mobile strategy, you're in deep turd," Huang said. "If you're not in mobile processors now, you're seven years too late."

He then went on to say that he "believes that apps written for Windows Phone 7 will run on Windows 8."

Knowing that Windows 8 is a platform that will be compatible with Intel and ARM architecture (found in most modern day smartphones), it should be able to run Windows Phone 7 apps like a charm.

The only problem that would arise is confusion. While power Windows users will jump at the possibility of being able to sync and integrate their Windows 8 apps with their Windows Phone 7 apps, less tech-savvy consumers might get tossed into the pit and be forced to navigate the swath of Windows 7 apps, Windows 8 apps and Windows Phone 7 apps — three different operating systems worth of apps.

Of course, Microsoft hasn't commented and Huang could be talking right out of his butt, but you know what? We want this one to be true. Windows Phone 7 already has some nice Xbox Live integration, so connecting it all up with Windows 8 would kind of unite all of Microsoft's main platforms.

Make it happen Microsoft. Make it happen. Windows 8's live tile UI already borrows from Windows Phone 7's square tiles, so why not? Maybe then, even its own retail employees will actually know more about the Windows Phone 7 platform they're trying to sell.

CNET, via The Register

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